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January 6, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Holt press conference done

The Nick Holt press conference is completed and I’ll pass along some quotes from it shortly.
The biggest first impression is just how different these things are now than they were under the previous regime. Holt was fairly spitting as he was talking, an intensity and energy not seen around here in a while.
Holt said that the delay yesterday was a bunch of stuff — travel issues, family issues and simply finalizing the contract. He said that it was hard to leave USC and that Pete Carroll made counter offers to get him to stay. But he said that ultimately, he was ready for a new challenge and for having the chance to run his own show on defense.
UW athletic director Scott Woodward talked about the financial commitment shown with Holt’s new deal. He said that the total money pool for assistants this year is $2.1 million. He said last year it was $1.9 million. So the main difference is in the salaries being paid to the two coordinators. Others will get pretty similar to what UW assistants got previously.
Also, Steve Sarkisian said that Jake Locker told him yesterday that his recovery is going fine and he has started throwing a football again. “He looked good,” Sarkisian said. “He said he’s throwing.”
Both Holt and Sarkisian said they hoped to add two more defensive assistants soon, adding some validity to the report that Jeff Mills and Mike Cox may soon be joining the staff. Holt said it will be important to add two before the weekend so the Huskies can get the maximum seven on the road recruiting.
Also, Sarkisian said there will be no recruits taking visits this weekend. UW will instead concentrate its efforts on the final three weekends.
I’ll be back in a little while with some quotes from Holt and Sarkisian.

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